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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives and prevent injuries at work, at home, on our roads and in our communities through education, training, leadership and advocacy. With nearly 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 


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Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of July 1, 2014
Comply Works
Dome Corporation of North America
Electric Scientific Co
Hertz Equipment
Knife River Corporation - Northwest
Kuhr Trucking
ND DOT - Devils Lake District
Stallion Rockies LTD
VioCo Contracting LLC
Wescom, Inc
 
Renewing Members as of July 1, 2014
Advanced Mechanical, Inc.
Affinity Builders LLC
Almer's Construction
Altru Health Systems - Plant Maint.
Ameritest, Inc.
B & B Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Badlands Power Fuels
Bartlett & West, Inc.
Black Hills Trucking Inc.
Border States Electric
Border States Electric Supply
Chiller Systems Inc.
Comfort Zone Heating and Air
Construction Services, Inc.
Continental Metal Products
CS Doors, Inc
Cudd Pressure Control
Dakota Electric Construction Co.
Dalton Logistics
Dietrichs of Grand Forks, Inc.
Ditch Witch of North Dakota
Edson's Construction
Energy Transportation Inc.
Farmers Union Insurance
Flowtech Systems, Inc.
Fuchs North America
Gratech Company Ltd.
H I T, Inc.
H-B Construction LLC
Heritage Electric
Hess Corporation
Hlebechuk Construction, Inc.
Home on The Range
Hydro Resources Rocky Mountain Inc.
J & R Well Service, LLC
John Deere Seeding Group
JR Simplot Company
K and R Roustabout Inc
Mastels Heating and Air
ND State Electrical Board
ND Telephone Company
New Town Public School District
Oppegard Implement Company
Plant Maintenance Services
Pro-Pipe Corporation
R & K Contractors, Inc.
Redi Services, LLC
Riley Power, Inc.
Rockpile Energy
Sabre Communications
Six D Construction
SRT Communications, Inc.
Stress Engineering Services
Sure Foot Corporation
T F Powers Construction Company
Team Industrial Services, Inc.
The State Group Industrial (USA) Limited
Thompson Lightning Protection
Timberline Construction, Inc.
TJMD, LLP
Trane
Triangle Electric
Twin City Garage Door
US Foods
Volkmann Railroad Builders, Inc.
Wanzek Construction, Inc.
Yellowstone Electric Co.

 


 


Flagger Training

New Kit Available to Employers to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

July 25, 2014 – A new guide and toolkit from the National Safety Council can help employers learn the facts about how employee use of prescription painkillers increases safety and health risks at work, and seriously impacts employee recovery and the bottom line in workers’ compensation.

Sign up to access this comprehensive Employer Kit to help educate managers and employees about the risks related to prescription drug use at work. This kit is available at no cost to you. It contains the following materials to help you communicate and develop policies around use of prescription painkillers:

  • Fact segments and handouts
  • 5-Minute Safety Talks
  • Poster Series
  • Infographics
  • And more!

Click here to learn more and download the toolkit.


Former Highway Patrol Superintendent Joins NDSC
 
Jim ProchniakJuly 21, 2014 - The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) has hired Jim Prochniak as their new Alcohol Education Coordinator. Prochniak joins the NDSC after 27 years with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP), where he recently retired from his position as Superintendent, a title appointed to him in 2009 by Gov. John Hoeven.
 
While at the NDHP, Prochniak received more than 3,000 hours of training and held many positions, including District Captain, Emergency Response Team Commander, and Safety & Education Sergeant. He is also an FBI National Academy graduate, crash reconstructionist and National Safety Council Defensive Driving Instructor.
 
Prochniak joins the NDSC as they launch new efforts to reduce alcohol-related injuries and fatalities in North Dakota. As the Alcohol Education Coordinator, he will develop new prevention programs that will address issues such as the over-use and over-serving of alcohol.
 
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work for the North Dakota Safety Council," says Prochniak. "Helping provide a safe community was a large part of my life with the Patrol. Now, as part of the NDSC, I can continue to educate and influence citizens to make positive choices that keep people safe."
 
Prochniak will be stationed at the NDSC's Fargo office and can be reached at
JimP@ndsc.org or (701) 793-1978.


Deaths in high-hazard industries send extra OSHA inspectors to North Dakota

July 18, 2014 – OSHA is sending additional inspectors into North Dakota as part of an enforcement emphasis program intended to address worker safety concerns in the state's high-hazard industries.

Thirty-four workers in North Dakota's oil and gas and construction industries have died since 2012, representing 87 percent of all OSHA-investigated deaths in the state, the agency said in a July 15 press release.

For the past three years, OSHA has had an oil and gas industry emphasis program in North Dakota, which features increased enforcement. The agency also has hosted outreach events with oil and gas employers. Although fatality rates have been decreasing, the oil and gas and construction industries are still dangerous, OSHA said, leading to the decision to send in compliance officers from across the country to temporarily increase the agency's field presence in the state.

"No death is ever acceptable, and these industries are still hazardous for North Dakota's workers," Eric Brooks, OSHA area director in Bismarck, said in the release. "OSHA will continue to use its full enforcement authority – along with these new outreach efforts – to achieve the goal of every worker going home safely each day to their loved ones."

Story reposted from the National Safety Council.


Safe Summer Travels
10 tips to keep you safe on your summer road trips
 
July 16, 2014 – Summer is a time when a lot of us like to hit the road. Whether we’re heading to the lake for some sun or going across state lines to see family, the roads are going to be busy. This is a good time to remind ourselves about key safety tips to keep us, and our loved ones, safe while we drive.
 
Here are some simple tips to remember during your summer travels:
  1. Avoid distracted driving by refraining from cell phone use while behind the wheel.
  2. Set passenger restrictions for your teen drivers.
    Having even one passenger can increase a new driver’s crash risk by 48%.
  3. Always wear a seat belt – every trip, every time.
    Drivers and passengers who buckle up are 45% more likely to survive a car crash, and 50% more likely to avoid serious injury. (NHTSA)
  4. Make sure children are using restraints appropriate for their age, size and maturity.
    Click here for best practices from the ND Department of Health.
  5. Avoid fatigued driving.
  6. If you plan on drinking, designate a driver.
  7. Stay focused and be aware of other drivers on the road. Try to avoid other driver’s blind spots and be cautious at intersections.
  8. Keep your distance. Refrain from tailgating, and if someone is tailgating you, let them pass.
  9. Pay attention to weather alerts – it’s best to stay off the roads if there is a threat of flooding or severe thunderstorms.
  10. Be prepared. Keep a first aid kit and roadside safety kit in your car.

If you want to learn more defensive driving techniques, the NDSC offers Defensive Driving courses for both new and experienced drivers. Courses qualify for an insurance discount and point reduction.

Click here to learn more or call Terry Weaver at (701) 223-6372.


OSHA Delays Enforcement on Electrical Rule

July 11, 2014 - OSHA has delayed its enforcement of recently revised standards that pertain to electric power generation, transmission and distribution installations.

The new electrical safety requirements took effect July 10, but OSHA has announced it will not enforce compliance until October 31. OSHA's revised standards are intended to better protect people who work on or near electric power lines by bringing the agency's construction standard for electric power line work more in line with the general industry standard.

OSHA's updated standards also include new or revised requirements for fall protection, minimum approach distances, arc-flash protection, and electrical protective equipment for both construction and general industry.

According to OSHA, the rule is expected to prevent about 20 deaths and 118 injuries per year.


Injury Prevention & Control Conference Planned in Bismarck
 
June 30, 2014 - The NDSC is a proud sponsor of the ND Conference on Injury Prevention and Control, being held October 1-2 in Bismarck. Topics at this year's conference include general injury prevention, traffic safety, domestic/sexual violence, and suicide/mental health.
 
NDSC Expands Safety Training & Consultation Services with Office in Minot
NDSC Minot Office Employee
 
In response to an increased need for safety training and services in northwest North Dakota, the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) has added an office in Minot. The new office and training space is located in the Montana Dakota Utilities building at 1130 20th Ave. S.W.

Michael Meschke, an environmental and hazardous materials specialist, will continue to provide safety consultation services along with HAZWOPER, PEC SafeLandUSA, First Aid/CPR, and other occupational safety courses, out of the Minot office. Meschke can be reached at
michaelm@ndsc.org.
 
To learn more about the services offered by the NDSC, check out our training calendar or call (800) 932-8890.

NDSC Conference Certificates Available

Certificates of Attendance are available for the NDSC's 2014 Safety & Health Conference. To acquire a copy of your certificate, please contact Serena Schmit at SerenaS@ndsc.org or Kayla Schramm at KaylaS@ndsc.org.
 


News You Can Use


NSC helping employers address the prescription drug abuse epidemic
July 25, 2014 - Prescription painkiller abuse is a hidden workplace epidemic. A new guide and toolkit from the National Safety Council help employers understand how to keep their employees safe.

Bed-sharing among risks for sleeping infants: study
July 25, 2014 – Risk factors for sleep-related infant deaths may differ by specific age groups, according to a study from the Kansas City Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

Rest crucial to truck driver safety: Teamsters
July 25, 2014 – The Teamsters union has called for a renewed commitment by Congress to maintain current hours-of-service rules for drivers to help prevent tragedies caused by driver fatigue.

Proposed rule seeks safer rail shipping of flammable materials
July 25, 2014 – The Department of Transportation has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking intended to improve safe rail transportation of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable materials.

Study finds lack of safety programs in residential construction
July 25, 2014 – One-third of residential construction contractors who participated in a recent study said their firms lacked written safety programs, according to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

OSHA revises directive on communication tower inspections
July 25, 2014 – In an effort to ensure uniform enforcement of workers who use hoists to reach communication tower workstations, OSHA has issued a new inspection directive to agency compliance officers.

Senate subcommittee hears update on 'black lung' benefit process
July 25, 2014 – Coal miners seeking benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act wait hundreds of days for their cases to be heard, despite government efforts to speed up the process, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) claimed during a July 22 hearing of the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee.

OSHA issues memo on temporary worker safety
J
uly 25, 2014 – OSHA recently sent a memo about its Temporary Worker Initiative to regional administrators.

Click here for full news stories on our News page.


The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.